Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer insisted Tuesday he and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have the authority to reconvene the Senate in time to convene an impeachment trial before the end of President Trump’s term.
“Leader McConnell is saying he can’t call the Senate back after the House votes for impeachment because it requires unanimous consent, the consent of every senator, that’s not true,” Schumer (D-NY) claimed during an afternoon press conference across the street from his Manhattan office.
“There was legislation passed in 2004 that allows the Senate minority leader and majority leader to jointly reconvene the Senate in times of emergency. This is a time of emergency.”
Last week, McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a memo to Senate colleagues saying any House resolution on the impeachment couldn’t be transmitted to the upper chamber until Jan. 19 based on the body’s current calendar — rendering any House vote to impeach a moot point.
Even if the House did present its case